In the Mahabharata a group of brothers, known as the Pandava brothers, are pitted against their rival cousins, the Kauravas, who divest the eldest Pandava brother of his kingdom and his wife in a fixed gambling match. Forced into exile for 13 years during which time, the brothers prepare for war with their cousins. The Pandavas prevail in an 18-day battle that causes great loss of life on both sides.

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